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A Day in the Life of a Wildcat

By Quinn Western, social media and photography intern

Here’s a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of three Chico State students. Sara McGuire is a junior communication studies major with a minor in nutrition and food sciences. Senior Ryan Clare is studying environmental science with a concentration in atmosphere and climate studies, and is a member of the award-winning speech and debate team. Emily Duran is a senior on the volleyball team who is studying journalism with a minor in Spanish.

Basketball Teams Battle to NCAA Championships

wildcat logoBy Luke Reid, Sports Information Director

A spectacular season for both men’s and women’s basketball came to an end last weekend. Both teams made it to the NCAA Championship Tournament West Regional, held in Bellingham, Washington. The women battled to the end against Cal State Monterey Bay, while the men played against Cal Poly Pomona.

The Chico State men’s basketball team walked off the floor for the final time in 2012–2013 Friday, March 15, in all-too-familiar fashion—with a loss at the hands of Cal Poly Pomona. The fifth-ranked Broncos beat the Wildcats for the fourth time this season, 69-61, in the opening round of the NCAA championships.

“They’re a good team,” said Wildcats Head Coach Greg Clink. “We’ve taken our best shot at them four times.”mens basketball

And the Wildcats’ best shot brought them excruciatingly close to victory: Sims sank a 3-pointer with 6:09 left that gave Chico State a 53-51 lead. A Sean Park jumper with 4:39 left again stretched Chico State’s lead to two.

Cal Poly Pomona’s Mitchel Anderson, the MVP of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), sank a 3-pointer on the Broncos’ ensuing possession to give them the lead for good.

Friday’s game marked the final appearance for Chico State seniors Damario Sims, Jason Conrad, Spencer Moyer, James Staniland ,and Jake Lovisolo.

“Those five guys have helped take this program to a new level,” said Clink. “I can’t tell you how proud I am to have had the opportunity to coach them. It’s just a special group.”

mens basketball2Sims scored 21 points in his final game with the Wildcats, Rashad Parker added 15, and Jordan Semple scored 12. Chico State finished the season with a record of 19-11.

The women had a very similar experience the following day, coming tantalizingly close to a win in the opening round of the NCAA championships.

The lead changed hands 15 times that Saturday night. For a bit, it looked as if the 14th time would be the last. But the Wildcats missed their final five shots and committed two turnovers down the stretch.

Miller nearly stopped the bleeding with a nifty spin move on Chico State’s next possession, but her layup spun off the rim with 30 seconds left, setting up the Otters for Jefferson’s game-winning shot.

Cal State Monterey Bay scored the game’s final 10 points to beat the Wildcats women 66-64.womens basketball2

“We just needed another four-tenths of a second, and we’d still be playing,” said Brian Fogel, women’s head coach.

Jazmine Miller led the Wildcats with 16 points and Monnie Davidson-Mays scored 11 and grabbed four steals. Courtney Hamilton finished with nine points, five rebounds and three assists. Synchro Bull chipped in eight points.

“I’m extremely proud of my team,” said Fogel. “I’ve coached for a long time, and this is one of the most enjoyable groups I’ve ever had.”

The Chico State women’s basketball team, winner of the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s regular season title, finished its season with a record of 23-6.

“We’re a very unselfish team,” said Miller. “We worked hard for each other every day. It’s been the most fun I’ve ever womens basketballhad playing basketball.”

Now back home, Fogel and Clink are busy putting the final touches on next year’s recruiting classes. Though they’re both excited about their returning talent and already signed freshmen classes, they’re always on the lookout for the special talent that can help them get back into the NCAA Championship Tournament, and perhaps help them make a run at an NCAA title.

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Wildcats return to top 10 with No. 8 placing in final 2011-12 Directors’ Cup standings

Directors' CupBy Rory Miller – Assistant Sports Information Director

Re-Posted from: Chico State Athletics

One of the most successful years in Chico State Athletics history has resulted in the Wildcats being ranked among the top 10 Division II sports institutions in the country. Thanks to 11 of the school’s 13 NCAA-sanctioned programs qualifying for national championship competition, Chico State finished the 2011-12 academic year in eighth place in the annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. The accomplishment marks the 11th straight time the Wildcats have finished among the nation’s top 30 schools, and the fourth time in nine years Chico State has cracked the top 10.

The Wildcats piled up a school-record 600 points en route to the No. 8 ranking, exceeding the previous high of 588.5 points when Chico State finished third in the Directors’ Cup race in 2004-05.

The year started on an extremely promising note with both the men’s and women’s cross country teams finishing in the top 10 national rankings. Both Wildcat soccer teams also made NCAA Championship appearances during the fall, with Kim Sutton’s women’s squad winning the West Regional and reaching the Final Four for the first time in that program’s history.

The Chico State men’s and women’s basketball teams both added to the Directors’ Cup point total during the winter. The Wildcat women made their eighth NCAA Championship appearance in the last 10 years, while the men – on the strength of their first California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular season title – earned the program’s first NCAA Championship Tournament bid since the 2004-05 season and reached the second round for the first time since 1958.

The spring saw no less than five Chico State programs compete for national championships. The Chico State men’s golf team came up just short of winning it all, finishing as the runner-up in the NCAA Championships in Simpsonville, Ky. The CCAA co-champion Wildcat baseball team won the West Regional to return to the College World Series for the eighth time in the last 16 years, while the Chico State softball team made its third straight NCAA Championship Tournament appearance. Chico State men’s and women’s CCAA champion track & field teams combined to send six athletes to the NCAA Championships in Pueblo, Colo., coming away with four All-America performances. J. Patrick Smith earned the national championship for the ’Cats in the decathlon, helping lead the men to a 16th place finish. The women’s track & field team finished 52nd in the nation.

Chico State earned its first top 20 Directors’ Cup ranking by finishing 17th in 2001-02, and followed that up with finishes of 28th, fifth, third, eighth, 17th, 25th, 22nd, 12th, 26th and eighth, respectively.

Grand Canyon University took top honors in the Directors’ Cup standings, ending the eight-year reign of Grand Valley State (Mich.), which finished second.

Programs compile Directors’ Cup points in up to 14 sports (seven male and seven female). What makes Chico State’s stretch of high finishes remarkable is that the competition recognizes a school’s best finishes out of 32 sports, but the Wildcats only feature 13.

Chico State’s 2011-12 Directors’ Cup Contributions

Men’s Golf – 90 points; Women’s soccer – 83 points; Men’s cross country – 80 points; Baseball – 73 points; Women’s cross country – 69 points; Men’s Track & Field – 58.5 points; Men’s basketball – 50 points; Men’s soccer – 25 points; Women’s basketball – 25 points; Softball – 25 points; Women’s Track & Field – 21.5 points.

Steady Pace Towards Olympic Dreams

Scott Bauhs, BA Social Science, 2008

Scott Bauhs was a standout distance runner at Chico State from 2004 to 2008. He is now working out at a USOC Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., where we caught up with him. He spends time both at the sea-level training center in Chula Vista and in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., where his team, Mammoth Track Club, is based. Bauhs took time out of his busy training schedule to answer a few questions.

Q: How long have you been preparing for the qualifiers (Olympics)?

A: I have been running for around 15 years, which certainly helps as I prepare for the Olympic Trials. I began truly seeing my potential in my later years at Chico, and I have been running full time since 2009.

Q: What is your training routine? Is there anything special you do to prepare for a race?

A: At Mammoth Track Club we do the bulk of our running in the morning, which usually ranges from 8 to 12 miles followed by a 4- to 6-mile evening run for most days of the week. On Wednesday we typically run a medium-long run of 13-16 miles, and on Sunday we run 18-22 miles. We also do supplementary exercises like plyometrics [a type of exercise in which the muscles are repeatedly stretched and suddenly contracted] and weight lifting every day but Sunday.

Q: Congratulations on setting a new personal record in Houston! What was the experience like? How did you feel about the race?

A: Thank you. A lot of work went into running my race in Houston, and it was great to see it pan out the way it did. I’ve learned that you can never take the good races for granted, and I am very happy with my weekend. As with any race, there are things I could have done differently, like starting a bit quicker or keeping the pace a bit more; even that might improve my result next time, so we’ll see.

Q: What was the toughest moment during racing in general?

A: In distance racing there is always a point where you start to really feel the fatigue, but the finish isn’t quite in sight yet. In bad races, this point usually comes pretty early, and in good races it doesn’t seem to be as strong, but pushing through that is essential to being a good runner.

Q: What sparked your interest in pursuing

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Olympic-level racing?

A: Well, I think just about any competitive runner out there has an interest in Olympic-level running. I first started noticing that it might be possible for me while I was improving each year at Chico.

Q: What’s your most memorable moment running for Chico State?

A: Winning the 2007 10,000m title, followed by finishing 1-2 with Charlie Serrano in the 5000m at the NCAA National Championships.

Q: Any advice for aspiring runners?

A: Always focus on getting a little bit better, and eventually you will be great. Communicate with your coach your ideas for training and racing but always listen to your coach’s advice in the end.

Q: What’s next on your journey to the Olympics (and in your life)?

A: I will do a few races between now and the Olympic Trials, and I will be training as well as I can.